Question regarding sudden loss of ability to drag anything.

  1. Posts : 3
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    Question regarding sudden loss of ability to drag anything.

    I have Windows 10 on my HP desktop. I was rearranging two internet tabs on Microsoft Edge to more easily switch between the two. Immediately following this action, I lost the ability to move tabs or drag anything on my computer.

    If I click and drag any internet tabs, files/tabs upon my desktop screen, or files within other destinations or folders absolutely nothing happens. I click and drag and there is no reaction from the computer. I can still click and open things no problem, and save as to put something in a location. But cannot drag anything period.

    This happened about three days. I have not experienced this before, and did not see any threads that were the same issue on the couple pages I checked. The few threads I did search were partial loss rather than full loss of the dragging mechanism.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    A restart can often fix things like this. Click Start and select Restart on the power button.

    If you have fast startup turned on a Shut down is not sufficient. Fast startup is a form of hibernation so some settings can be retained. Only a Restart will do a full start from cold.
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  3. Posts : 3
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    Thread Starter

    That actually helped. I turned off fast startup and reset it. Allowed the computer to remain off for a few moments and turned it on. No issue currently. Hopefully I do not have the same issue again soon. At least this was an easier fix than I feared at first.

    Thank you Bree, it is greatly appreciated.

    D.Z. Thorne
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider

    Interesting trick with shutdown and the hibernation file. While it's true a normal shutdown with it enabled will retain data on power up, holding the shift key down when doing a shutdown will bypass the system writing to the hiberfil.sys, and give a clean power up.

    But you don't need to disable this otherwise useful feature to do a full shutdown. Instead, hold down Shift as you choose Shut Down from the power menu. That forces Windows to do a cold startup, ignoring the hibernation file, the next time you restart.

    Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets | ZDNet
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    That is good knowledge to have. I will definitely keep this in mind. Appreciate the advice.
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